With a little over two weeks until Redmond-based Microsoft officially releases Windows 8.1 to the public, Net Applications has reported that Windows 8 has increased to an 8.02 percent market share among operating systems. Even with this latest increase Windows 8 is still far behind two of its predecessors Windows 7 and Windows XP who boast a 46.43% and 31.41% share respectfully. The latest jump in Windows 8 does leap it past all versions of Mac operating systems combined at a 7.05% share.
Ever since Microsoft released the radically redesigned version of their popular Windows operating system, on October 25 of last year, it was not well received among users of the more traditional Windows operating systems. One of their big complaints at the new operating system was that is did away with the iconic start button. The start button and other design issues combined to make Windows 8 the worst debut since Windows Vista burst onto the scene on January 30, 2007.
After its dismal debut Windows 8 was dealt a blow in April when one report accused it of escalating an already declining PC market. The accusation slowed down any growth to the still small, 3.17%, market share that Windows 8 held among operating systems. Even though this was a setback Windows 8 did still manage to keep gaining on its big bothers.
Finally in July of this year Windows 8 received some good news on its rise in the marketplace as its market share finally passed Windows Vista. Compared to its more successful brothers, Windows XP and Windows 7, this was not much to be proud of but with as little traction as Windows 8 had it was a big accomplishment.
In August of this year Windows 8 saw a second milestone in the marketplace. It saw a 2% surge as it vaulted past all version of Apple's Mac OS. This marked the single largest increase yet in for the 10 month old operating system. Since that time the uptick has slowed back down as Windows 8 only saw a 0.61% rise to bring it to its current 8.02% share.
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